The Council is very sad to announce that the Honorary President of the Society, Prof. John Brown OBE, Astronomer Royal for Scotland died suddenly on Saturday 16th November.  He was a great friend and support to the Society and a personal friend to many of us and will be greatly missed.  

Our thoughts are with his wife and family.  

The main objective of The Astronomical Society of Glasgow is to promote an interest in Astronomy. Membership of the Society is open to everyone; and all ages are welcomed. While the lecture program is free, its only a small part of what the Society offers. By joining the Society, all the extra benefits below are available.

  • Access to the Acre Road observatory twice a month from October through to March where you can use the computer driven 16" Meade LX200 telescope, and learn a little more about observing, and hopefully if the skies are clear see some fantastic views of some of the amazing sights the universe has to offer.
  • Darker skies observing evenings held at Mugdock Country Park just outside Glasgow where we have slightly darker skies to observe under. Members bring along their own telescopes, and the Society's telescopes are available for members to look through. So if you're looking to purchase a new telescope, this could be the best way to try out many different scopes under darker skies and ask all the questions you want to from people who own the scopes!
  • Darker Skies weekend, held at Blencathra Fields Studies Centre, outside Keswick in the Lake District, where some of the darkest skies in Scotland can be found. A truly fantastic weekend of observing, that is only available to members.
  • Monthly Newsletter

All these extra benefits are available with membership to the Astronomical Society of Glasgow. Membership costs £20 per year for over 16s, and is free for 16s and under.

Please download the PDF of the membership form, complete in BLOCK CAPITALS please (so that we can read your email address) and post with a cheque made payable to The Astronomical Society of Glasgow for £20 to the address on the form.  Alternatively, bring the completed form with payment to one of the monthly public lectures.

Members' only events are only visible in the ASG Calendar section once you have logged in.

Please be assured that the personal information supplied by you to the Society is treated confidentially and is used purely for administrative purposes and will not be disclosed to any third party. Also note that although membership for Junior members (16 and under) is free, we do still need a completed membership form so we can send you our Newsletter and membership card.

Buying a Telescope

Beginners considering the purchase of a telescope should definitely read the general introduction from "Buying Your First Telescope" guide from Sky at Night magazine. Once that information has been digested, there are some good sites that recommend specific telescopes for beginners:

For anyone interested in the potential for amateur radio astronomy, a very interesting discussion of the possibilities is hosted by the British Astronomical Association.

Observing

The Go Stargazing website is a useful resource, publicising stargazing events, with guidance on the best locations and what you can expect to see.

Other Software and Websites

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.  It shows a realistic sky as you would see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.  Runs on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Virtual Moon Atlas used by more than 750 000 persons all over the world. Used in several books, magazines, observatories, universities, Web sites and blogs. Used in Chandrayaan 1 lunar mission preparation. Recommended by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French Ministry of National Education.  Available for Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

Celestia is free space simulation software that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - information on all NASA JPL unmanned missions.  JPL also run The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series every month.  This page has information on upcoming lectures and an archive of previously shown webcasts.

NASA Eclipse website - information on past and future solar and lunar eclipses, including the partial Solar Eclipse visible from Scotland on Friday 20th March 2015.

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) - Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Stargazers Lounge - popular amateur astronomy website, forum and source of information and advice.

Space Weather - news and information about the Sun-Earth environment.

NOAA / NWS Space Weather Prediction Center - the US government's official space weather site.

The BBC The Sky at Night magazine website - astronomy news, equipment reviews and information.

The ASG Council has roles and responsibilities as laid out in the Constitution. The Council meets regularly, and members may view the minutes of Council meetings.

The office holders for 2019-2020, and their assigned responsibilities, are as follows:

Paul Makin

President
ETMO Working Group
ASG Webmaster

Julian Gibson

Vice President
Membership Secretary
ASG Webmaster
ETMO Working Group
PVG Representative
Data Controller
Outreach (various)
Acre Road Support
Constitution Working Group
ASG Telescope Custodian

Andrew Conway

Vice President
ETMO Working Group (project lead)
Acre Road Support

Craig McNey

Vice President
Constitution Working Group (lead)
Newsletter Sub Editor (review)
Roukenglen Point of Contact
Acre Road Point of Contact (Univ. of Glasgow)
ASG Event Rota Contact
ASG Telescope Custodian

David Degan

Secretary
Summer Outing Organiser
Kelvingrove Point of Contact
Roukenglen & RSPB Outreach
Society Supplies Buyer

Alex Dumitriu

Treasurer
ETMO Working Group (hardware lead)
Society Deputy Webmaster
ASG Telescope Custodian

Henry Bryce-Smith

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Observing Section Visual Presentations

Colin Robb

Ordinary Council Member
Astrophotography Group (lead)
Acre Road Support
Outreach (various)

Frank Conn

Ordinary Council Member
Society Publicity
Constitution Working Group
Outreach Support (Various)
Auchengillen (Scouts) Point of Contact
Hamilton Low Parks Museum Point of contact
Custodian of the Lecture Attendance Book
ASG Telescope Custodian

Jim Foreman

Ordinary Council Member
Society Deputy Treasurer
Constitution Working Group

Laura Stenhouse

Ordinary Council Member
Facebook Moderator
Twitter Moderator
Social Media Working Group (lead)

Lorna Napier

Ordinary Council Member
Newsletter Editor (joint)
Newsletter Distribution (Email & Postage)
Curator of Outreach Materials
Acre Road Support

Chris O’Kane

Ordinary Council Member
Public Relations Spokesperson (TV/ Radio)
Newsletter Editor (joint)
RSPB Point of Contact
New Lanark Point of Contact
Whitelees Point of Contact
Acre Road Support
Curator of Outreach Materials

Ian Wylie

Ordinary Council Member
ETMO Working Group
Acre Road Support